Professor Paul Beaumont

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Chair in EU & Private International Law

Professor Paul Beaumont

Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0)1224 272439
Fax: +44 (0) 1224 272442
Email:

p.beaumont@abdn.ac.uk

Address: Taylor Building, Room C35
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Biography

Professor Beaumont joined the School in 1983 after graduate work as a Commonwealth Scholar at Dalhousie University.  He has been a Professor since 1995.

His interests are in Private International Law and European Union Law and he has published extensively in these fields. He is co-author (with Professor Peter McEleavy, University of Dundee) of Private International Law: Anton (SULI, 2011, 3rd ed) which is the standard treatise on private international law in Scotland and was the junior author with Professor Anton of the second edition (1990). He is the co-editor with Professor Jonathan Harris (King's College, London) of the Journal of Private International Law (Hart) and is also co-editor with him of the Hart Studies in Private International Law Series. He gave the inaugural lecture at the Hague Academy of International Law in 2009 and a lecture series on child abduction in 2008. With Professor Stephen Weatherill he produced two editions of EC Law, and one edition of EU Law, published by Penguin. He has co-edited several books including Cross Border EU Competition Law Actions (Hart, 2013); International Surrogacy Arrangements (Hart, 2013) and Convergence and Divergence in European Public Law (Hart, 2002). Along with his former colleague, Peter McEleavy, he wrote the OUP monograph on The Hague Convention on International Child Abduction (1999) which has been relied on extensively by courts in Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and the USA. The book has been cited by the highest courts in Australia, Germany, New Zealand and the UK (Supreme Court, Bundesgerichtshof, XII Zivilsenat Decision of 16 August 2000, BGHZ 145; DP v Commonwealth Central Authority [2001] HCA 39, paras. 35, 38, 84, 102, 124, and 125; Secretary for Justice v HJ [2006] NZSC 97 at footnotes 93, 103 and 104; In re M and another (Children) (Abduction: Rights of Custody)  [2008] 1 A.C. 1288, para. 22; In re E (Children) (FC) [2011] UKSC 27; [2012] 1 AC 144 in the judgment of the Court given by Lady Hale and Lord Wilson at para. 6) and described by several appellate courts as the 'leading treatise' on the subject (eg US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Mozes v Mozes 239 F.3d 1067 (2001) and the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia in Harris v Harris [2010] FamCAFC 221 at paras. 33, 35 and 152). 

His articles have appeared inter alia in the Journal of Private International Law, Spanish Yearbook of Private International Law, Juridical Review, European Law Review, Edinburgh Law Review, the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, and the International and Comparative Law Quarterly.

He has been a member of the UK delegation at the Hague Conference on Private International Law since 1996, was a member of the Hague's drafting committees on Choice of Court and Maintenance and is a member of the Council of the European Union Committee on Civil Law. From 1996 to 2013 he was a consultant on private international law to the UK Government and to the Scottish Government. He is a member of the UK Advisory Committee on Private International Law (since its inception in 1997).

He was Head of the School of Law from 2000-2005 and, following a period of sabbatical leave, from 2006-2008. Since 1 January 2012 he has been the Director of the Centre for Private International Law.


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PhD Supervision Interests

Professor Beaumont is interested in supervising research students in the following areas: Christian perspectives on law, the institutional and private international law of the European Union, and private international law generally.


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Publications 

Contributions to Journals

Articles

  • Trimmings, K. & Beaumont, PR. (in press). 'Article 20 of the 1980 Hague Abduction Convention'. The Journal of Comparative Law.
  • Beaumont, PR., Trimmings, K., Walker, L. & Holliday, RJ. (in press). 'Child Abduction: Recent Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights'. International and Comparative Law Quarterly.
  • Beaumont, PR. & Trimmings, K. (2012). 'Regulating International Surrogacy Arrangements'. International Family Law, vol 2012, pp. 125-128.
  • Walker, L. & Beaumont, PR. (2011). 'Shifting the Balance Achieved by the Abduction Convention: The Contrasting Approaches of the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice'. Journal of Private International Law, vol 7, no. 2, pp. 231-249.
    [Online] DOI: 10.5235/174410411796868689
  • Trimmings, K. & Beaumont, PR. (2011). 'International Surrogacy Arrangements: An Urgent Need for Legal Regulation at the International Level'. Journal of Private International Law, vol 7, no. 3, pp. 627-647.
    [Online] DOI: 10.5235/jpil.v7n3.627
  • Beaumont, PR. (2010). 'Reflections on the Relevance of Public International Law to Private International Law Treaty Making'. Recueil des cours / Académie de droit international, vol 340 (2009), no. -, pp. 9-61.
  • Beaumont, P. & Johnston, E. (2010). 'Abolition of the Exequatur in Brussels I: Is a Public Policy Defence Necessary for the Protection of Human Rights?'. IPRax: Praxis des Internationalen Privat und Verfahrensrecht, vol 30, no. 2, pp. 105-110.
  • Beaumont, P. & Johnston, E. (2010). 'Can exequatur be abolished in Brussels I whilst retaining a public policy defence?'. Journal of Private International Law, vol 6, no. 2, pp. 249-279.
    [Link] http://dx.doi.org/10.5235/174410410792166566
  • Beaumont, P. & Yuksel, B. (2010). 'La reforma del reglamento de Bruselas I sobre acuerdos de sumisión y la preparación para la ratificación por la UE del Convenio de la Haya sobre acuerdos de elección de foro'. Anuario Español de Derecho Internacional Privado, vol 2010, pp. 129-159.
  • Beaumont, P. & Bremner, P. (2010). 'Inter-regional conflicts within the United Kingdom relating to Private International Law of Succession: The development of the applicable law rule'. Revista Valenciana D’estudis Autonòmics, vol 54, pp. 238-271.
  • Beaumont, P. (2009). 'International Family Law in Europe – the Maintenance Project, the Hague Conference and the EC: A Triumph of Reverse Subsidiarity'. Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht, vol 73, no. 3, pp. 509-546.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1628/003372509788930673
  • Beaumont, P. (2009). 'Hague Choice of Court Agreements Convention 2005: Background, Negotiations, Analysis and Current Status'. Journal of Private International Law, vol 5, no. 1, pp. 125-159.
    [Link] http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/hart/jpil/2009/00000005/00000001/art00006
  • Beaumont, P. (2009). 'The Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice on the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction'. Recueil des cours / Académie de droit international, vol 335, no. 2008, pp. 9-103.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1163/ej.9789004172906.009-504
  • Beaumont, PR. & Tang, Z. (2008). 'Classification of Delictual Damages: Harding v Wealands and the Rome II Regulation'. Edinburgh Law Review, vol 12, pp. 131-137.
    [Online] DOI: 10.3366/E136498090800019X
    [Online] AURA: 12EdinburghLRev131.pdf
  • Beaumont, PR. (2006). 'The Contribution of Alexander (Sandy) Anton to the Development of Private International Law'. Juridical Review, no. 1, pp. 1-28.
  • Beaumont, PR. (2001). 'Article 3 of the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction: the role of courts in granting themselves custody rights'. Kansai University Review of Law and Politics, vol 22, pp. 47-70.

Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Beaumont, PR. & Trimmings, K. (2014). 'Trevor Hartley,Choice-of-Court Agreements Under the European and International Instruments'. Edinburgh Law Review, vol 18, pp. 310-311.
    [Online] DOI: 10.3366/elr.2014.0224

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Chapters

  • Trimmings, K. & Beaumont, PR. (in press). 'Parentage and Surrogacy in a European Perspective'. in Research Handbook on European Family Law. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.
  • Beaumont, PR. (2013). 'Abolition of Exequatur under the Brussels I Regulation as it affects EU Competition Law'. in M Danov, F Becker & P Beaumont (eds), Cross-Border EU Competition Law Actions. Competition Law, Hart Publishing, Oxford, pp. 371-384.
  • Trimmings, K. & Beaumont, PR. (2013). 'General Report on Surrogacy'. in K Trimmings & P Beaumont (eds), International Surrogacy Arrangements: Legal Regulation at the International Level. Studies in Private International Law, Hart Publishing, Oxford, pp. 439-549.
  • Beaumont, PR. & Walker, L. (2013). 'Post Neulinger case law of the European Court of Human Rights on the Hague Child Abduction Convention'. in PB Hague Conference on Private International Law (ed.), A Commitment to Private International Law: Essays in Honour of Hans van Loon. Intersentia, Cambridge, pp. 17-30.
  • Beaumont, PR. & Walker, LV. (2013). 'Administrative and Judicial Cooperation in the Hague 2007 Maintenance Convention'. in JF Delaygua, CG Beilfuss & RV Farre (eds), entre Bruselas y la Haya: Estudios sobre la unificacion internacional y regional del Derecho internacional privado. 1st edn, Marcial Pons, Madrid, pp. 185.
  • Beaumont, PR. (2012). 'The European Court of Justice Prioritises The Abolition of Exequatur Over Fundamental Rights in Zarraga'. in J Diez-Hochleitner, C Martinez Capdevila, I Blazquez Navarro & J Frutos Miranda (eds), Recent Trends in the Case Law of the Court of Justice of the European Union (2008-2011). Wolters Kluwer Espana, SA, Madrid, Spain, pp. 621-634.
  • Beaumont, PR. & Yuksel, B. (2010). 'The validity of choice of court agreements under the Brussels I regulation and the Hague choice of court agreements convention'. in K Boele-Woelki, T Einhorn, D Girsberger & S Symeonides (eds), Convergence and Divergence in Private International Law: Liber Amicorum Kurt Siehr. Eleven International Publishing, Netherlands, pp. 563-577.
  • Beaumont, P. (2009). 'The Art. 8 Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights on the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction in relation to Delays in Enforcing the Return of a Child'. in G Venturini & S Bariatti (eds), Liber Fausto Pocar: Nuovi strumenti del diritto internazionale privato. Giuffre Editore, Milan, Italy, pp. 75-94.
  • Beaumont, PR. (2007). 'Religious Liberty in the United Kingdom'. in E Mucznik, LF Soares & CG Saturino (eds), A Religiäo no Estade Democrático. Universidade Católica Editora, Lisboa, pp. 35-66.
  • Beaumont, PR. (2005). 'Private International Law of the European Union: Competence Questions Arising from the Proposed Rome II Regulation on Choice of Law in Non-Contractual Obligations'. in R A. Brand (ed.), Private Law, Private International Law, & Judicial Cooperation in the EU-US Relationship. Thomson/West CILE studies series, Pittsburgh, US, pp. 15-26.
  • Beaumont, PR. (2002). 'Human Rights: Some Recent Developments and their Impact on Convergence and Divergence of Law in Europe'. in In: Convergence and Divergence in European Public Law; Beaumont P, Lyons C, Walker, N (Eds); Hart, Oxford. In: Convergence and Divergence in European Public Law; Beaumont P, Lyons C, Walker, N (Eds); Hart, Oxford, pp. 151-175.
  • Beaumont, PR. (2002). 'Human Rights: Some Recent Developments and their Impact on Convergence of Law in Europe'. in In: Convergence and Divergence in European Public Law, Hart, Oxford. In: Convergence and Divergence in European Public Law, Hart, Oxford, pp. 151-175.
  • Beaumont, PR. (2002). 'The Brussels Convention Becomes a Regulation: Implications for Legal Basis, External Competence and Contract Jurisdiction'. in In: Reform and Development of Private International Law: Essays in Honour of Sir Peter North (ed. Fawcett,J.), Oxford University Press. In: Reform and Development of Private International Law: Essays in Honour of Sir Peter North (ed. Fawcett,J.), Oxford University Press, pp. 9-30.
  • Beaumont, PR. (2001). 'Christian Perspectives on the Law What Makes Them Distinctive?'. in In: Current Legal Issues 4: Law and Religion (eds. Lewis,A.; O’Dair,R.), Oxford University Press. In: Current Legal Issues 4: Law and Religion (eds. Lewis,A.; O’Dair,R.), Oxford University Press, pp. 529-546.
  • Beaumont, PR. (2001). 'Christianity and Law Reform: A Living Tradition'. in In: The Law and Christian Ethics, Saint Andrew Press. In: The Law and Christian Ethics, Saint Andrew Press, pp. 88-104.

Books and Reports

Books

  • Beaumont, PR., Hess, B., Spancken, S. & Walker, L. (eds) (in press). The Recovery of Maintenance in the EU and Worldwide. Studies in Private International Law, 1st edn, Hart Publishing, Oxford.
  • Trimmings, K. & Beaumont, PR. (eds) (2013). International Surrogacy Arrangements: Legal Regulation at the International Level. Studies in Private International Law, Hart Publishing, Oxford.
  • Danov, M., Becker, F. & Beaumont, PR. (eds) (2013). Cross-Border EU Competition Law Actions. Competition Law, Hart Publishing, Oxford.
  • Beaumont, PR. & McEleavy, P. (2011). Private International Law. 3rd rev edn, W Green/SULI, Edinburgh.
  • Beaumont, PR. (2002). Christian Perspectives on the Limits of Law. Unknown Publisher, Paternoster Press, Carlisle.
  • Beaumont, PR. & McEleavy, PE. (1999). The Hague Convention on International Child Abduction. Oxford Private International Law, Oxford University Press.

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